Mr. Peter J. Hustinx (1945) has been European Data Protection Supervisor since January 2004. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 December 2003 for a term of five years and started his activities on 2 February 2004. The European Data Protection Supervisor is entrusted with monitoring and applying the provisions of Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 to the processing of personal data carried out by the Community institutions and bodies. He is also responsible for advising Community institutions and bodies on all matters concerning the processing of personal data, and has a duty to cooperate with national supervisory authorities and supervisory bodies established under the third pillar of the European Union. Mr. Hustinx has been closely involved in the development of data protection legislation from the start, both at the national and at the international level. Before entering his office, he was President of the Dutch Data Protection Authority for a period of more than twelve years.